Planning and Prevention

My final rescue centre case study is written, and kitchen table finally clear with my 29 behaviour books packed away. I’m not even going to think how much I’ve spent on books, but I have them for future reference at least. Psychopharmacology was probably my least favourite subject, but it

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Training Classes… Revisited

Things have been busy. I have some time off work and I’m trying to catch up on all those things that seem to pop up with alarming regularity. We’ve also signed up for a repeater set of dog training classes, which may seem odd given I’m a trainer and a

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Play

Off Lead

We booked a slot at The Larches Paw Paddock for this afternoon, the last one of the day. I particularly like the Meadow, as you can see the sun setting over the Bristol Channel. Zeke had a wonderful time, exploring everything as if it was the first time. With all

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Enrichment

Here we go again…

Fireworks. Far be it from me to spoil someone else’s fun, but I hate the noise. My dogs have all eventually tolerated it, but I have never left any of them to deal with it on their own. All the main animal charities have advice on how to help your

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Enrichment

Play Date Adventures

We have a great dog facility not too far away that you can book for sole use. It has two secure 2-acre dog walking fields, each surrounded by super high fencing. The owners have clearly put a lot of thought into the design. Once you put that day’s passcode into

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Olfactory Foraging

It’s true. Research published in 2019 on Science Direct, titled “Let me Sniff”, says that allowing dogs to practice nosework allows them to express a natural behaviour. I’m sure that’s not a total surprise to most of us with dogs! It says that nosework “induces positive judgement bias in pet

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Canine Cognitive Dysfunction – part two

Another week and I can see a marked difference in Truly. I’m not saying she’s her normal self, but I can see aspects of her personality emerging again. In my last blog I talked about the strange new behaviours, those remain, but I will say she has good days and

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Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Dog Dementia isn’t a condition I’ve seen much of, or really considered. Truly had been worrying me with some strange new behaviours. To be honest in the first few days I thought perhaps she was deteriorating due to her existing mobility issues. I contacted James (our fantastic Vet), and arranged

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Enrichment

Water Safety

The sunshine is here! If I put a paddling pool out in the garden, Jake may stand in it for cooling purposes, but neither Jake or Truly are fans of swimming. Leo was. He absolutely loved to go into the sea whatever the weather. The only way I could keep

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Enrichment

Cooling Treats

After my ‘keeping cool’ blog I was asked about lollies and ice creams for dogs, and if I gave them to Jake and Truly. Aside from the enjoyment factor, frozen treats can be a great way to top up your dog’s fluid intake in the hot weather. As we’re meant

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